Dye Kits Are Available!

Embrace a touch of last summer.

OAQFF NATURAL DYE KIT

I have kits available that will supply you with mordanted fingering weight yarn (3 25g mini skeins) and 10g of dried flowers (from my garden) to dye your first skeins of yarn.
The steps outlined in the kit are very simple. It’s as simple as 1,2,3. You provide the glass jar and I will provide the rest. Once you purchase a kit you will receive an invite to become a member of a Instagram group where you’ll be able to see what others dye and post your pictures too.

If you’d like to dye your own wool I also have an E-Guide that you can download. This will give you the basic steps you need to get you on your way.

Dyeing Silk With Walnuts

While I was dyeing some cheviot with dye from walnuts I decided to throw a few silk hankies in to the dye bath too.

Silk Dyed With Walnuts

Modifiers I used were cream of tartar, iron, citric acid, and soda ash to get the different colours. I have to say I am pleased with all the colours.

Here are the results from using a cheviot combed top as well.

OAQFF Walnut Dyed Cheviot

I used all the same modifiers as listed above. I don’t plan on spinning these colours all into one skein of handspun yarn but they would look nice in a Fade colour scheme.

For the silk, I think I would knit with the silk and not spin it beforehand. To do this you put your fingers into the middle of the hankie and pull it apart till it breaks.

Then you keep pulling till you get the desired width of silk you want to knit with. To store the silk I wind the silk around a toilet paper roll.

Now I am all set to start knitting with it. A shawl made from silk will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer; one knitted garment you can wear all year round.

Cheers

Keli

Madder & Marigolds

I used yarn dyed with madder root extract and eco-dyed yarn with marigolds. What I love about naturally dyed yarns is that all colours go together; some just pop more than others. Here is red yarn and yarn with yellows and green speckles.

Budding Vines Cowl

I have since soaked and blocked the cowl, and I will show it to you next week. It is notable how blocking a garment can make such a difference to the knitted fabric.

Now I am putting together packets of my dried flowers for you. You watched me plant seeds last spring, water and feed the plants all summer, and then harvest the flowers. Soon you’ll be able to dye with my flowers too. Make sure to subscribe to my website so that you don’t miss more details.

Cheers,

Keli

Knit City 2022

Good Times!

It was so lovely to be out amongst other yarn lovers!

My mission was accomplished, and some. I got yarn for the MKAL with Stephen West from Rose Hill Yarns and another shawl. Cast on doesn’t start till October 6th, so I have time to complete a couple of projects.

Once I arrived back to my friends place, I thought it would be fun to dye up yarn in natural dyes for the MKAL. Here are some colour ideas. I do have these yarns available. in my shop.

OAQFF NATURAL DYED

I only need three colours, so when at Maiwa today, I will keep my eyes open.

Here are a few highlights of the day. Cheers, Keli

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